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Police briefs

April 20, 2004

Former Hardee's damaged by fire


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania State Police fire marshal will be called in to investigate the cause of a fire Monday that damaged the former Hardee's restaurant at 1759 Lincoln Way East, said Fayetteville Deputy Fire Chief Scott Williamson.

The building was being remodeled and a crew was working on the roof when the fire was called in at 3:21 p.m., Williamson said. When the first units arrived, they found fire had spread into the roof, but it was quickly brought under control.

The building was filled with smoke and hot gases and Williamson said the windows were smashed to ventilate the building so firefighters could go inside. Holes were cut in the roof.

The fire closed both lanes of Lincoln Way east of Mower Road for about an hour. No one was injured, he said.

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The cause and point of origin of the fire was undetermined Monday afternoon, Williamson said.

Firefighters from the Franklin, New Franklin, Mont Alto, Marion and West End Shippensburg fire companies assisted at the scene, along with the Franklin County Air Unit.




Vehicle damage cases reported


The following incidents were reported to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

  • A black 6-foot truck cab was reported stolen Friday from a residence on Greencastle Pike, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. The cab was valued at $800.

  • The window of a 2002 Kia was smashed and jumper cables were reported stolen Friday at a residence on Maplewood Drive, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department.

    Police estimated damage to the car at $100. The jumper cables were worth $20.

  • Two Ford Probes were reported broken into Friday at a residence on Redwood Drive, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Tools and stereo equipment were reported stolen from the vehicles, police said.

  • A Honda passenger vehicle was reported keyed Friday while it was parked at Prime Outlets, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Damage was estimated at $500.

  • A Mercury Tracer was reported keyed Sunday while parked in the lot at Valley Mall, according to the Washington County Sheriff's Department. Damage to the trunk, top and hood was estimated at $1,000.





Man faces theft-related charge


A Martinsburg, W.Va., man has been charged with possessing and transporting stolen property in connection with tools taken from a truck parked in the lot at the Lowe's store on Wesel Boulevard.

Terry Wayne Wise Jr., 22, of Martinsburg, was charged following a surveillance operation conducted by Maryland State Police, the Washington County Sheriff's Department and Hagerstown police in response to a series of reported thefts at local shopping center lots. Police said a man was spotted at about 1 p.m. Thursday taking tools from the bed of a truck at the Lowe's lot. Police in unmarked cars followed the vehicle into West Virginia.

West Virginia State Police charged Wise with possession and transportation of stolen property.




W.Va. man faces drug charges


MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A Martinsburg man was charged with possession of heroin with intent to deliver and obstructing an officer after an incident early Sunday, police said.

Police said an officer was traveling behind a white van in the Porter Avenue area parking lot when the van's sliding door opened and an unknown female fell out. The officer attempted to stop the van, which turned onto Porter Avenue and parked on South Street.

The driver, John Bittorie, 24, of 348 Edsel Ave., jumped out and fled on foot, but was subdued by the officer. Police found 14 bags of heroin with a street value of $1,000 and a loaded pistol. A search for the unidentified female was unsuccessful, police said.




Woman reports she was raped


FREDERICK, Md. - A 21-year-old woman reported being raped in the area of Calvary Drive and Memorial Parkway shortly after 11 p.m. Sunday, the Frederick Police Department said.

The woman told investigators she was walking home from a friend's house on South Jefferson Street when she was knocked to the ground from behind and raped, police said.

The woman described the attacker as a white man, 180 to 200 pounds, with a dark-colored mustache, police said.

Police said the woman was treated at Frederick Memorial Hospital.

Police are asking anyone with information about the case to call 301-694-2100.




Two charged with forgery, theft


CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania State Police have charged two Waynesboro, Pa., residents in connection with a series of forgeries.

Police were called to the Sears store in the Chambersburg Mall on Friday to investigate a complaint of forgery. Police said Amy Rebecca Ruddlesden, 32, of Waynesboro, had paid for a Sony camcorder with a check under the name of a Maryland resident and had produced Maryland identification belonging to that resident. Upon further investigation, police alleged that Ruddlesden also had written checks to J.C. Penney and Littman Jewelers, and had attempted to write a check to King's Jeweler's.

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